NEWS: Happy 86 Day from JNC

AE86 Nurburgring

2013 is a momentous year for the compact, lively and influential car we know as the hachiroku. With Initial D perhaps getting its final curtain, along with the fact that the first AE86 rolled off the production line in Aichi exactly three decades ago, we at JNC would like to wish you a happy 86 Day!

In celebration of this August 6th, let’s rewind the clock back 30 years. Below is a Toyota exhibition video that features a duo of early GT-APEX Levins flown in from Japan (notice they are not Corolla GTs) and driven to their limits by rally drivers Per Eklund and Klaus Fritzinger.

The pair terrorize the Nürburgring Nordschleife with plentiful sideways action before advancing to Spa Francorchamps and Zandvoort!

Interestingly, Toyota made a similar video for the Sprinter Trueno. Here’s that version of the action, complete with the period “Sexy Sprinter” tune at 6:58! The song is super catchy. Hum it all day!

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11 Responses to NEWS: Happy 86 Day from JNC

  1. Nigel said:

    Happy 86 day everybody !!

  2. Tyler said:

    Oh, to have that bone stock Levin today!

  3. invinciblejets said:

    Awsome video..

    Happy 86 day!

  4. Amazing car. A beautiful soul enclosed in such an ordinary package (at first glance!).

  5. Patrick Strong said:

    One correction: they’re on the Nurburgring Nordschleife which opened in the ’20s, and not the “then-new” F1 track of 1984.

  6. J.A.C.K said:

    my favorite holiday! 8/6!

  7. Expulsion said:

    Sexy Sprinter = my new ring tone.

  8. brad said:

    For anyone that wants those gloves, the military currently issues them as “flyer gloves”. You could probably pick some up at your local surplus store.